The German artist has garnered international acclaim for her expressive large-scale watercolour and oil works on paper featuring figures in various states of repose.
'My interest is in the private moment', says Schomaker of the theme that has been preoccupying her. But this is not voyeurism, in the traditional sense–it is more like a sudden glimpse–something unexpected. 'These figures do not offer contact. Their faces are blank, vanishing.' This blankness allows us to project on to the image, their very anonymity an invitation to the viewer to bring something of their own. Furthermore, the larger-than-life scale draws us in, enveloping us. Being in the room surrounded by these figures is a powerfully immersive, contemplative experience.
Hardcover linen with dust jacket
24 x 34 x 2 cm
Artworks by Iris Schomaker
Design and layout by Alex Daniels
Essay by Michael Wilson
Photography by Mathias Schormann
Edition of 750
Published by Reflex Editions